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Braddock Gateway is located in Alexandria, VA (1100 N. Fayette, 1200 N. Fayette). It's within 1000 feet of Braddock Road Metro station and other transportation points (Yellow and Blue Lines, DASH mass transit system, Metrobus, Washington Metro and the Virginia Railway Express, better known as the VRE).

The site is bound by Metro to the southwest, First Street directly to the south and North Fayette Street and Route 1 to the east. It is approximately 7 miles south of downtown Washington DC and approximately 4 miles south of Reagan National Airport. Route 1 easily connects to the Capital Beltway (I-495), Interstates 95 and 395, and the George Washington Memorial Parkway.

The Braddock Metro area has been identified by the City of Alexandria as a revitalization point because of its proximity to the Braddock Road Metro station and its existing urban infrastructure and street grid. The neighborhood underwent a city-led master planning process in 2008 under which this property was entitled, spurring additional interest in transitioning the area from its industrial character to a walkable, transit oriented, mixed-use neighborhood.
The Braddock Gateway site borders Old Town Alexandria, its historic center with its rich culture, high end boutiques, highly regarded restaurants, antique shop and waterfront amenities. The Potomac River waterfront lies just 8 blocks to the east. A waterfront development has been approved by the city which will include boutique hotels, high end retail and restaurants.

Alexandria has been shaped by its proximity to the U.S. capital and is considered a high-income suburb of Washington D.C. It is largely populated by professionals working in the federal civil service, in the U.S. military, or for one of the many private companies which contract to provide services to the federal government. One of Alexandria's largest employers is the U.S. Department of Defense . Another is the Institute for Defense Analyses . In 2005, the United States Patent and Trademark Office moved to Alexandria. Many of these companies are located at Carlyle, a district south of Braddock Gateway, home to over 7 million square feet of office, hotel, residential and retail space. The Eisenhower Avenue and King Street Metro stations, located in the Carlyle district, are only a stop away from the Braddock Metro station.

Limited development opportunities exist in Old Town Alexandria, certainly not of this size and scope. Most development is in Potomac Yards, which lies to the north and is nearing completion.

BRADDOCK GATEWAY INFORMATION (CDD – Consolidated Development Plan)

LOCATION: 1070 (vacant lot next to water tower), 1100 and 1200 North Fayette St., Alexandria, VA 22030

Original size of parcel: 7.06 acres. Entitled in 2008 and designed with 5 phases.

Phase I sold to Trammell Crow and is under construction. The 15 story building has 270 residential units and 1,500 sf of retail.

The remaining 6.06 acres have been redesigned with mid-rise buildings with a total of 540 to 600 units and 17,000 sf of retail as follows:

  • Phase 2: 5 to 7 stories mixed-use building,
268,538 gross sf
9,000 sf of retail
  • Phase 3: 5 to 7 stories mixed-use building
316,894 gross sf
8,000 sf of retail

2/3 acre community park to be completed prior to final C of O for Phase 2

2 levels of structured parking.

The CDD Concept Plan mixed-use allows residential, office, retail and senior housing. Senior housing includes independent care and memory care.

Parking ratio:
  • Residential: .72 per bedroom
  • Retail: 3.0 per 1,000 sf, first 1,200 sf exempted

Unit mix: studio, junior, 1 bedroom, 1 bedroom and den, 2 bedrooms

There are 2 existing buildings on the property temporarily leased to DC Metro Church.

Development Schedule:
The CDD approval is general for the total site. As each building is designed, it goes thru the DSUP (Development Special Use Permit) process, which is typically non-political. The size, design and parking are approved by Planning Commission and City Council. It takes about 9 months to go thru the DSUP process and an additional 8 months for approval of construction documents and building permit. The work can be done concurrently.